Philadelphia enters the playoffs the hottest team in the NBA, having won 16 in a row, half of that without Joel Embiid. The Sixers earned the three seed and a chance to square off against a Miami Heat team without a superstar player.
Just don’t expect the Sixers to coast to a win in this series, something I get into in this PBT Extra.
The Heat are disciplined and well coached, running multiple pick-and-roll actions every time down the court, forcing the defense to be focused and smart. On defense, they are well positioned. Ben Simmons is going to be dared to hit jump shots and needs to keep up his level of play and set up teammates. This series is going to be closer than people think, at least until Joel Embiid returns and changes the dynamic.